A business suit is a formal pair of clothing consisting of a jacket, usually with buttons and a matching jacket-style jacket-top, trousers, and shoes. In decades past, when worn with a matching blouse, necktie, dress shoes, and a collared shirt, it was considered extremely informal attire in most Western cultural circles. Today it is more appropriate for business than leisure. Formal wear is appropriate for business settings, but for leisure events or casual wear, you would be well served by a simple pair of jeans, a white or blue blouse, a nice necktie, a black belt, and a loaf of bread or tea. Of course, there are many different types of business suits, but these are the basics. There is also an important variation on this theme, called executive business attire, which is used mostly by executive level employees.
Dressing for success is no longer a matter of fashion, but practicality. It is important to have access to a wide variety of different business suits so that you can be as versatile in your dressing as possible, depending upon the exact function for which you are dressing. For example, you might be a marketing department employee, in charge of the company’s marketing campaigns; you will most likely need to have access to a three-piece suit, with at least one dark or navy blazer, as well as a light or printed top. If you are planning to hold a corporate meeting, you may wish to consider a business suit with an official waistcoat, as well as tie and shoes.
Another type of business attire, which is very much in trend today, is the tie clip. Tie clips, or lapel pins as they are also called, are very popular among men who wish to dress up their collars or cuffs a little more, while still maintaining a business-like look. There are a number of different tie clips available, ranging from very small, practically invisible ones, to larger, more substantial ones. The two main styles are the self-sticking type, which is used by placing the clip through the neckline, to the standard type, which is clipped through the top pocket.
Casual suits are also very popular nowadays, although there are some differences between a casual and a business suit. For example, while a business suit should be quite slim and polished, a casual suit tends to be looser, with a slightly bigger collar, as well as less elaborate lapels. These suits tend to be quite comfortable, although they may not have the same amount of structure and quality as formal suits. In addition to wearing these suits to work, they are equally suitable for informal occasions, such as holidays, weddings, graduation, as well as for several other social gatherings. In general, the easiest way to wear a casual suit is with a pair of casual trousers and a button down shirt.
If you do not want to buy a ready-to-wear suit, then you can opt for a custom-made one. This will be more expensive than ready-to-wear suits, but if you are looking for that perfect outfit for an important occasion, then this is probably the best option for you. Ready-to-wear suits are typically available in a number of different colours, styles, designs, cuts and fabrics. A custom-made suit, on the other hand, will only be made if you ask for one, although there are some exceptions. This type of outfit will more likely be tailored exactly to your body, following the exact measurements that you provide.
You should also keep in mind that your shoes will make or break your outfit. Therefore, you should think about what kind of shoes you will be wearing along with your suit. Business suits usually require black or dark grey shoes, as these are classic colours and can easily match with most clothing in the market. If you will be wearing a colourful suit, make sure that your shoes complement the colour of your outfit.